Ziprasidone

What condition does Ziprasidone treat?

Ziprasidone is used for the treatment of certain mental/mood disorders:

  • Bipolar disorder

It is also known as manic-depressive illness. It is a brain disorder that caused an unusual shift in mood, activity levels, or energy.

  • Schizophrenia

It is characterized by strange speech and abnormal behavior. It also lessens the ability to understand reality. Other symptoms may include hearing voices that do not exist and false beliefs.

This medication can decrease hallucinations. It may also help you think more clearly and positively about yourself. It will help you feel less agitated and take a more active part in everyday life.

Ziprasidonebelongs to the class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It comes as a capsule for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Ziprasidone work?

Ziprasidone prevents communication between the nerves of the brain. It is by stopping receptors on the nerves for various neurotransmitters. It is the chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other. It is thought that the beneficial effect of this drug is due to its blocking of serotonin and dopamine receptors. It also inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. It is by the nerves in the brain like some anti-depressant drugs. 

What are the precautions in taking Ziprasidone?

This medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is commonly taken twice each day. Take each dose with food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician. If you missed a dose, it is better to contact your doctor for instructions.

What are the side effects of Ziprasidone?

  • Nausea
  • Feeling unusually tired or sleepy
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Increased cough or runny nose

What are the precautions in taking Ziprasidone?

  • Your doctor must check your progress at regular visits to make sure that this medication is functioning well. Blood tests might be needed to check for unwanted effects.
  •  Before taking his drug, tell your doctor if you have any medical history, current medications, or allergies.
  • If you develop hives, skin rash, or any allergic reaction to this medicine, check with your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while you are using this medicine.
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
  • Do not share this with others without letting them consult a doctor first.
  • Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have peeling, blistering, red skin lesions, severe skin rash or acne, fever or chills, sores, or ulcers on the skin.
  • Call for medical help right away if there are any signs of an allergic reaction or overdose.
  • Keep this at room temperature.